Country legend Loretta Lynn has raised nearly $1 million for Tennessee flood victims with her flood relief fundraiser, “Loretta Lynn’s Friends: Hometown Rising.”
Lynn has raised $933,000 and counting. Looks like United Way of Humphreys County has gotten a major helping hand from the country music community. On Monday, Sept. 13, artists ranging from Garth Brooks to Reba McEntire to Keith Urban chipped in and put on a show.
“I’ve heard from so many friends that the show Monday night that my friends put together for our community not only raised money, but it also raised spirits after a long few weeks of loss and heartbreak,” Lynn said in a statement on her website.
“I loved the performances and the stories,” she added. “While we shared some heartbreaking images and footage from our hometown, what I saw in those moments was the resilience people have shown amid so much loss. We’ll all be okay as long as we continue to help one another.”
Loretta Lynn’s Benefit Concert Sold Out
Lynn’s two-hour benefit concert at the Grand Ole Opry House on Monday night was totally sold out. And additional audience members got to enjoy the show through a livestream of the event.
Other performers at the event included Luke Combs, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Chris Janson, Brittney Spencer, BRELAND, Nicole Kidman and Trisha Yearwood. Recorded performances from Tracy Lawrence, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood rounded out the evening.
Commemorative posters from the show are now on sale. The proceeds benefit the flood recovery effort. The posters feature a rising purple orb set against an off-white backdrop with the names of the show’s headliners in bold.
Check out the poster at the Opry Store here.
Missed the show? You can watch it for a limited time here.
Several Donors Made Major Contributions
Among Loretta Lynn’s major donors Monday evening were City National Bank and Tracy Lawrence’s “Mission: Possible” charity. Both of them pledged $25,000, which the Academy of Country Music then matched. MX Sports also gave big through their Racers 4 Waverly Fund.
“With the funds raised this week, the United Way of Humphreys County will be able to release more checks to not only individuals but also small businesses that have been displaced since August 21,” said United Way’s Nioka Curtis. “As soon as I had said a little prayer that we’d be able to help small businesses in addition to families, within this last week that prayer has been answered.”
Want to contribute to the Tennessee flood recovery effort? You can donate to United Way of Humphreys County right here.